The Ashes: Need to get close to Australia's score, says Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen hit 113 from 206 balls with 12 boundaries and 2 sixes on Day 3 of the third Test in Manchester.

updated: August 04, 2013 08:00 IST
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Manchester: Kevin Pietersen was bullish after his carefully compiled century rescued England against a rejuvenated Australia. But Pietersen's ambition extended further than simply avoiding the follow-on, which was still 34 runs away.

"Safety if not winning the Test match - we've seen today that the wicket's still pretty good," he explained. "It's a good enough wicket to still try and get something out of this game if our engine room, as we like to call it, apply themselves tomorrow, and we get us as close as we can to their score. There's no reason why we can't, because we've put a lot of work into their big fast bowlers today."

Australia's attack caused Pietersen plenty of discomfort, particularly at the start of his innings, which he attributed to the movement they were able to extract with the old ball. "It was reverse swinging. It's always tricky to start against reverse swing," he said. "Conventional (swing) is a little bit easier".

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